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Get it out!

Get all of the unhealthy food out of your house, and don't let anyone bring it in. Portion control is so much harder when the rest of your favourite chocolate bar is right there. Treats are great, but save them for when you're eating away from home and can give the rest of something to a friend or...

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Ice is our friend

Make water more appealing. Fill your glass with ice, cubed or crushed and then fill the rest with water.

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Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet potato wedges can be crispy and so great for munching ~ use as a side for grilled burgers. A healthy alternative to greasy and fatty french fries.

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Bundt Pan as Vertical Roaster

For a juicy bird thatís crispy all the way around, first layer potatoes, carrots, and onions on the bottom of the pan. Then season the chicken and place in the pan with the cavity over the center hole. Set the dish on a cookie sheet to collect any drippings and roast as usual.

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Focus on the Whole

"As I ramble through life, whatever be my goal,
I will unfortunately always keep my eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the whole."

Wendy Wasserstein

Stay focused on the whole!

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Water Water Water

I have a new bottle that holds 4 cups of water. I fill it up twice a day, and when I have drunk it twice through, I know that I have had my eight cups. I carry it with me every where.

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Probiotics CAN CUT TRIGLYCERIDE LEVELS & block Cholesterol

Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body's defenses become turncoat and attack the bodily organs instead of invading viruses & bacteria. Many people speculate that foods, such as probiotics, can aid diabetes. Probiotics are so called "good bacteria." Greek 0% Fage Yogurt & Kefir is a pro...

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Use your pants

I wear drawstring pants to work out sometimes. Before tying the drawstring, I tighten my abs. This way I know that when my pants feel tight, I have to pull in my abs. Forces good posture when I work out. I am not talking about holding my breath or cutting off circulation, just tightening the musc...

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Wii makes exercise fun

The Wii is really useful in meeting my exercise goals especially when the summer heat makes outdoor exercising more difficult.

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"Accomplishing a goal is not as important as the person you become accomplishing it." ó Neil Armstrong

A favorite quote that reminds me that life is about change and hopefully personal development. Achieving my goals is an amazing feeling but the journey to get there is often what resonates.

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